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Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click hereYou can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars through November.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through December.

Ongoing: Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for Journal Register Co., is teaching the Poynter News University course Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics. This free, self-taught course helps you identify the key issues and sources on your beat, learn how to determine what’s included in your beat and develop the resources to focus your coverage.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free, one-day Business Journalism Boot Camp in Minneapolis, Oct. 4. In this free, daylong workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. Award-winning professors and journalists will have you analyzing financial statements to find stories about public companies, as well as tracking public information on private companies and nonprofits. Learn how to dissect the new IRS Form 990 line-by-line to find stories about local nonprofits. Examples will be tailored to the Minnesota market.
  • Join the deans of journalism — Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and contributor to The New Yorker magazine, and Stephen B. Shepard, dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former editor of Business Week magazine — as they trace the transforming changes in the news industry.  They will host More than Money with Myron Kandel on Oct. 5, 7:30 – 9:00 PM at JCC Manhattan. To register, please call 646-505-5708. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
  • The Newswomen’s Club of New York is holding an event, “How to Cover the Biggest Police Force in the Nation,” Oct. 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the
    NYC Seminar and Conference Center.  Hear from the reporters assigned to the Police Headquarters beat, or the “shack,” about what it takes to get reliable, timely information out of the department, handle sensitive information appropriately, and build sources. Panelists will include Murray Weiss of, Colleen Long, of the Associated Press, Lorena Mongelli, of the New York Post and John Doyle of the NY Daily News.  The cost is $5 for Newswomen’s Club of New York members; $15 for non-members.
  • The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is holding its Advanced Multimedia Boot Camp, Multimedia Training for Journalism Professionals and Educators Oct. 12-16, 2011, and Nov. 16-20, in Nashville, Tenn., at the John Seigenthaler Center. Learn things including: shoot and edit a mini-documentary; create a WordPress blog to host a project; use Google Maps and add images and video; and incorporate Twitter and Facebook Connect on your blog.  The cost is $850 for the course.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free one-day workshop, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” in New York City Oct. 13.  It will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for those who face a growing mass of digital information. The half-day session is not about theory or about how big the problem is, but instead about how to make each working day more efficient by using specific tools, techniques and best practices.
  • The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) is holding its annual fall workshop at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., New York City, Oct. 13-14, 2011.  SABEW members can register for $179, and non-members can register for $229.  Top editors of Bloomberg News, Dow Jones and Reuters — Norman Pearlstine, Robert Thomson and Stephen Adler, respectively — will discuss the present and future of the news business at the 6 p.m. October 13 reception at the school.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a day-long video seminar, “Video Storytelling with the Pros: Lighting, Writing and Surviving,” Oct. 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT.  Spend a day in this video workshop, co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Foundation, learning how award-winning professionals work through the storytelling process.  The cost is $65.00.
  • The Society of Environmental Journalists will hold its 21st annual conference in Miami Oct. 19-23.  Meet journalists from throughout the hemisphere — Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and more — and learn what issues they face reporting on the environment.
  • Blogalicious will he held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2009, the Blogalicious Weekend conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media.
  • Journalism Interactive: The Conference on Journalism Education & Digital Media will be held Oct. 28-29 at the University of Maryland-College Park. The event will explore the intersection of digital media and journalism education.  Early-bird full conference registration is $150; day passes are $85.



  • The Scripps Howard Foundation Wire is taking applications for reporting internships in Washington, D.C., for the spring and summer 2012 semesters.  Interns report and write a variety of stories. Interns also talk with experts at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Student Press Law Center, the Washington Post, the State Department, the Pentagon and others to better understand how to cover the news. Interns should be prepared to cover government, politics, breaking news, business, sports and features.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.
  • Fast Company will hold its “Innovation Uncensored” event Nov. 2, 2011, in San Francisco.  Join Fast Company for a day of thoughtful, provocative and uplifting conversation.  Frontline leaders from a variety of industries will share progressive thinking and engage in candid conversations – what went right – what went wrong – and more importantly, what’s up next? Tickets are $375 through September 23, $450 after September 23. Buddy passes are available, buy 1 ticket for $375, get the 2nd for only $250 (valid through September 23rd).
  • BlogWorld & New Media will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.  The conference is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. The New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources, while the Social Media Business Summit is the world’s largest social media business conference where business owners, marketing executives and global brands learn strategies, tools and technologies to grow their businesses with social media. Register at with the promo code MASH20 to save 20% off the ticket price!
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a one-day seminar, “Introduction to Covering the Green Economy: Las Vegas,” Nov. 4 in conjunction with the Association for Alternative Newsmedia.  The workshop will introduce journalists to the business behind the green economy.  The cost is $25.
  • Nov. 15 is the deadline for college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for copy editing to apply for several scholarships awarded each year by the ACES Education Fund, an affiliate of the American Copy Editors Society. The scholarships are open to students who will be college juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall, and to graduating students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.


  • The International Radio and Television Society Foundation is now taking applications for its 2012 Summer Fellowship Program.  The program teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.
  • WordCamp Orlando will be held Dec. 3 at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free webinar, “Quick-Hit Business Investigations — Concept to Execution” Dec. 6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT. Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press will provide practical advice on how to pull off investigations that might take one to two weeks.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold the Strictly Financials/Business Journalism Professors Seminars in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 2-5, 2012.  The center is offering 24 fellowships worth $2,000 each for four days of study in business journalism for experienced business journalists and prospective business journalism professors.  Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows receive a $500 stipend to offset travel and other costs.
  • The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Arizona State University’s Cronkite School are offering fellowships to journalism professors interested in introducing entrepreneurial concepts and practices into their teaching of journalism. The five-day institute, Jan. 4-8, 2012, will immerse participants in the concepts and practice of entrepreneurship. Held at the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix, it will be led by Dan Gillmor, author of “Mediactive” and an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship. Gillmor will be joined by entrepreneurs, investors and Cronkite faculty.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.



•           The Scripps Howard Foundation Wire is taking applications for its one-year, post-graduate, multimedia fellowship, beginning in late summer 2012.  The fellow manages and maintains its website and The fellow creates multimedia projects for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website, works with undergraduate interns to develop multimedia projects and provides leadership to a team to produce news stories and projects.  The fellowship includes a $21,000 stipend ($500/week for 42 weeks), plus free housing in a furnished apartment shared with the program’s undergraduate interns. The fellowship does not include benefits and will not result in a job.  The deadline to apply is April 1.

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